U.S. Open 2019: Abraham Ancer talks Pebble Beach, how late father helped his game

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Jason Day says he’s ‘underachieved,’ but new caddy Steve Williams will help “It’s always tough,” Ancer told Omnisport, speaking on behalf of Corona Premier. “Every day I think about it would be awesome to have him here with me watching me play, I know he still is, but I mean, just being a little selfish and just having him here it would be incredible just to see all the work and all the effort he put in and invested in me to get me here.”Abraham Sr. died in 2014 after suffering a heart attack. He never got a chance to see his son play on the PGA Tour, but encouraged his namesake in the game from the time he was in diapers.He had his son on the course in the family’s home town of Reynosa, Mexico, and did all he could to help the young man’s game. What came of that was a chance to play in junior college and eventually a scholarship to Oklahoma which served as a springboard to professional golf.It’s something Ancer would have loved to experience with his dad, especially when, a year after his father’s death, he earned his PGA Tour card.”It took a lot out of him money-wise, he went out of his way for me to play at junior events, whatever he could get me on he would do,” Ancer said. “So I’ll always be extremely thankful for that.”Ancer never really got to play in the high-level AJGA events growing up, but he said both of his parents did all they could to support him which helped him earn a chance to play at the next level. And now he has a chance to play in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. U.S. Open 2019: Dustin Johnson says he’s ‘very comfortable’ at Pebble Beach But when Ancer hits his first drive and rolls his first putt, he will be without the man who helped grow his passion for the game.Ancer’s father, also named Abraham, died in 2014 and never saw the 28-year-old play in a single major. It’s difficult for Ancer to deal with and something he would have loved to be able to share with his dad. Related Newscenter_img When Abraham Ancer steps onto the first tee at Pebble Beach in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday it will be a special moment for a lot of reasons.It will be his first appearance at the Open and only his third opportunity at a major, and of course, just playing at Pebble Beach is special in and of itself. It’s a moment not lost on the young golfer from Mexico and one he can’t wait to experience for the first time.”Every hole is just so good out here,” Ancer said. “But I mean the stretch from 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, all of those holes that are right along the ocean, I mean the views are incredible.”I’m going to try to just enjoy that and it’s funny to say that, at Corona their saying is to ‘enjoy the view’ and this is just perfect for this golf course.”last_img read more

Auburn stuns Florida

first_imgGAME OF THE DAY: Tigers saddle Gators with their first home loss under Meyer. By Mark Long THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Wes Byrum started celebrating before his kick even cleared the uprights. He knew it was good when it left his foot. For Auburn, it was actually perfect. For Florida, it was a kick where it hurt most. Byrum’s 43-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Tigers to a 20-17 victory over No. 4 Florida on Saturday night and gave them one of the biggest upsets on a day filled with them. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” Byrum said. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the defending national champions, who lost to Auburn last year, and gave the Gators their first home loss under Coach Urban Meyer. They had won 18 in a row, 17 straight since Meyer took over in 2005. It also jeopardized Florida’s chances of repeating. Then again, with all the other upsets Saturday, the Gators surely won’t slip far out of the picture. Florida (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) could take a big step back next week at No. 2 LSU. Then again, if the Gators perform like they did Saturday, they could be in for another long day. Auburn (3-2, 1-1) played sound defense, prevented Tim Tebow & Co. from making many big plays and took advantage of mistakes to build a 14-0 lead at halftime. A running-into-the-punter penalty kept Auburn’s first drive alive. It ended with Kodi Burns’ 6-yard TD run. The Tigers made it a two-touchdown lead with Ben Tate’s 3-yard run that followed a blocked field goal. It was 17-3 before Florida evened the game with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. However, Auburn came up big in the closing minutes. Byrum attempted the winning kick, just as Meyer called timeout. The kick was true, but Byrum had to do it again. He did, and it was right down the middle. “I was pretty excited,” said Byrum, who missed his only attempt last week against New Mexico State. “I had a rough week last week. I wanted to make sure I came back.” Auburn used the final four minutes to set up the kick. Tate ran for 18 yards and Brandon Cox found Rodgeriqus Smith twice for 16 yards. Byrum did the rest. “He’s got a tremendous leg,” Cox said. “I was on the sideline about to throw up. Being a true freshman, after the first time he hit, I was sure he was nervous. To make two of them, that says a lot about him.” The Tigers rushed the field to celebrate and performed the “Gator Chomp” everywhere in front of 90,685 at The Swamp. “We couldn’t get first downs and we couldn’t get the defense off the field,” Meyer said. “That’s the first time this season we’ve been put in that position. “It’s very disappointing. We didn’t play smart.” Tate finished with 65 yards rushing. Mario Fannin added 62, and Cox was 17-for-26 passing for 227 yards. Smith caught nine passes for 102 yards. The Tigers held Florida to 312 yards, well below its average. Tebow was 20-for-27 passing for 201 yards with a TD and ran 19 times for 75 yards and a score. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more